For Riverview senior Ian McConnell, the school year won't begin Monday with chemistry, biology or geometry, but surreality. The No. 1 player for a Sharks team considered a state contender, begins play in the U.S. Amateur in Tulsa, Okla.
"It's my first time playing in it, but my goal would be just to make the cut out there at least," said McConnell, a two-time district champ who has committed to Liberty. "After that, it's match play, so anything can happen."
With teammate Tyler Young as his caddie, McConnell made the field with a 20-foot downhill birdie putt on the final hole of a qualifier at Avila this month. His two-day 141 was good enough for the third and final berth.
"I knew (the putt) was on the line I wanted," McConnell said. "It was just a matter of if it was hard enough."
volleyball: Once Berkeley senior middle blocker Lindsay Young stepped onto Colgate's campus this past weekend, she knew she had found her home.
The cozy, college-centric setting, the charm of upstate New York and a background of mountains left the lifetime Floridian sold, so Young orally committed.
"I didn't want to set a time on choosing my school because I didn't want to pick a place that was just okay. I wanted to pick a place I loved," said Young, whose other finalist was Marshall. "My main goal was to get out of Florida and be somewhere different. Once I got there, I knew it was where I wanted to be."
football: Tampa Catholic junior fullback Hunter Joyer received his first scholarship offer, from Louisville, coach Bob Henriquez said Wednesday.
Joyer, who transferred from Wesley Chapel, rushed for 1,630 yards and 25 touchdowns in two seasons there. The 6-foot, 240-pounder also will play linebacker but will be a key part of a backfield that includes quarterback Christian Green, one of the nation's top recruits, and 1,000-yard rusher Henry McCloud.
Joyer's brother, Kamran, is a freshman offensive lineman at Louisville.
Little League: South Tampa lost 7-3 to Maunabo, Puerto Rico, at the Junior Softball World Series in Kirkland, Wash. To reach the semifinals, South Tampa (2-1) must beat La Grange, Texas (3-0) today while Maunabo loses to Windsor, Ontario (0-3).